Dr Dale Spence has been the Midwifery Officer, Department of Health in Northern Ireland since September 2019. She provides professional leadership, policy advice and direction on all matters relating to the midwifery services agenda in Northern Ireland. Her present remit in Government affords opportunity to continue working collaboratively regionally, nationally and internationally to progress midwifery initiatives and deliver on strategic priorities.

Prior to this, Dale trained as a general nurse and subsequently as a midwife. She worked as a clinical midwife in Belfast and was awarded a prestigious Research and Development Fellowship to undertake her PhD in 2001. Subsequently, she spent almost 15 years working in midwifery research and education at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research interests include the midwifery care of women and babies with complications requiring additional care and continuity of midwifery carer.

At a national and international level, Dale has held a number of midwifery related roles and offices. More recently, Dale has been appointed Trustee of the Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) and a member of the newly established FNF Global Committee. Dale is contributing to the work of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Midwifery Leadership, including, supporting the pilot testing, adaptation and implementation of the WHO Midwifery Leadership course in 5 countries (India, Pakistan, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Bolivia).